My one day Juice detox in Bali


Bali is the perfect place to get a break from your busy schedule. Its nature, the warm atmosphere and its fresh green colours set a magical mood. Lots of Indonesian flavours are to be discovered in the amazing dishes you can get on every corner for a dime. And trust me, just by walking in a cafe you will want to try every single dish just due to its smell.

By being here I learned how to appreciate food. We might have the luxury of enjoying a plate full of nutritional goodness but in the field in front you will look over people working in the hot sun cutting the rice plants that you are consuming at that exact moment. By experiencing this you learn that we don’t need 3 meals a day and snacks in-between. In fact, its much better for your body to have a ‘break’ once in a while.

Think about it, you spend your day either being hungry or digesting. Your body is continuously working, consuming and breaking down food. By giving your body no solid food your digestive system will be able to take a break, instead your body will start to concentrate on different things. Your body will start to clear out more and more toxins in your body as its not busy attacking any toxins through newly consumed food, which normally requires all of its energy. This might give you more energy, you might sleep better, feel sharper and it might clear your skin as excess inflammation in your skin is calmed by your body removing toxins.

 

Yep, I did my research. So I thought, why not give it a try!
Especially after the Christmas holidays I put my body through some serious food comas! And with the new year coming up you might want to get started on the right track! Lets give your body that little extra kick it deserves and start the year right!

 

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I got my one-day juice detox from Motion Cafe.

They gave me a package with the following:

  • 1 bottle of coconut water
  • 1 bottle of Slim Tonic
  • 1 bottle of Turmeric boost
  • 1 bottle of green vegetable juice
  • 1 bottle of fruit juice
  • 2 teabags of herbal tea
  • 1 bag of Epsom salt

I consumed all of the bottles and plenty of water in-between. I have to say, every single drink was absolutely delicious and made the whole process a lot easier!

I started the day feeling hungry however after a glass of green juice I felt great! Throughout the day I felt energetic, happy and clean. Mentally I felt like I was giving my body a break, one that it deserved! But I was still giving it all the nutrients and vitamins it needs.

 

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At the end of the day I started to feel very hungry, sadly that was the moment where I finished my last juice. I ended the day with plenty of water and a glass of warm water with a heaped table spoon of Epsom salt. Its doesn’t taste great but its worth the benefits!

For the people who are not sure about what Epsom salt is, its not actually a salt but magnesium sulphate. By drinking one heaped tablespoon in a warm glass of water you give your body a whole lot of goodness. Benefits include, releaving pain and muscle cramps, helps prevent harding of arteries and blood clots, releases stress and it eliminates toxins from your body. This is why its great to bathe in an Epsom salt bath once in a while. Simply add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 12 minutes.

The next morning I woke up feeling great. Energised, not hungry, my skin was clearer, I felt and looked good! My stomach felt flexible and looked defined. I didn’t have a tight feeling in my stomach that you would usually get when you don’t eat, but instead I felt great. I had an amazing sleep and felt ready for the day! Throughout the day I consumed both juices and some small portions of solid food, you don’t want to be eating anything greasy, spicy, high in caffeine or just overall too much food as this can really upset your stomach.

Even though it was hard at times I loved doing a one-day juice detox and I felt that my body both really needed it and benefited from it. If you are going to do a one-day detox I suggest you to join an official program and not just go juicing or grab any juice around town. I absolutely loved the program from Motion Cafe and highly suggest you to join it if you want to try it out or want to give your body a little extra care, especially after the Christmas holidays!

 

 

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What are the health benefits of matcha?

What exactly is matcha?

Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder. It’s prepared from a high quality leaf known as tencha. The powder has been famous for playing a big role in Japanese tea ceremonies for the last 900 years. It was known for its health benefits and its powers to increase concentration and enhance metabolism. Nowadays it has become more popular and more of its powers are being discovered.

 

Why you should become a matcha lover

Here are some reasons why everyone should add a daily doses of matcha in their diet!

Its packed with antioxidants

Matcha is full of antioxidants including the powerful catechin EGCg. In fact, one cup of matcha tea has as much antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea.

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Boosts metabolism and helps you burn calories

Matcha itself is already very low on calories. But it also boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat! A recent study even found that it boosts your metabolism by as much as 40%!

Detoxifies your body naturally

Matcha is found to be a very powerful detoxifier and is capable of naturally decreasing the level of chemical toxins and heavy metals from your body. This high antitoxin level is formed by its special way of harvesting. Its in the last three weeks before harvesting where the leaves will be covered, preventing sunlight to get through. This creates an increase of chlorophyll production in the growing process of the leaves! Which is found to be the detoxifying element!

Calming effect

Matcha is rich in L-Theanine. This amino acid has a calming and relaxing effect on both your body and mind.

High amount of nutrition

Matcha is full of nutrition include vitamins A, C, E, K, vitamin B-complex, zinc, selenium, chromium, magnesium and trace mineral.

Enhances concentration and memory

The amino acid found in matcha named L-Theanine creates alpha waves. These lead to a state of relaxed alertness within your brain. It may also help improve memory and learning. The L-Theanine levels in matcha are five times higher then found in normal green tea.

Improves cholesterol and blood sugar

Matcha reduces levels of triglycerides as well as the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels. Its due to it improving your cholesterol and blood sugar that it helps decrease the risk of heart disease.

Increases long time energy levels

The amino acid named L-Theaninecan and the combination of other nutrients found in matcha gives you a boost of energy! The slow release of energy can leave you feeling energised for up to six hours after consuming. Unlike coffee which releases energy in more of kick form leaving you feel energised for only about 1-1.30 hours.

Helps protect your liver 

According to some studies matcha could prevent liver damage and decrease the risk of liver disease.

Controls type-2 Diabetes

Matcha helps reduce levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and hepatic glucose content, which is to be found in people who are diabetic.

Protects from infections and improves immune system

The high level of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in matcha is effective in helping to fight against several fungus and bacterial infections.

May help prevent cancer

Matcha tea contains a special potent class of antioxidant known as catechins. This antioxidant can only be found in Matcha and not in any other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides cancer-fighting properties. Studies found that it helps reducing the risk of developing cancers such as colorectal and bladder cancer.

 

But lets not over do it

1-2 teaspoons of matcha daily is the perfect amount to be adding to your diet!

Consuming way too much of this magical green powder can give side effects. This is due to its high antioxidant level which can decrease lead contamination, iron absorption and may lead to liver damage.

 

Here are some of my favourite ways of getting your daily doses of matcha!

Matcha tea

This is the simplest way of drinking some matcha goodness!

Simply add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a cup and fill the rest with hot water, mix well.

Add some agave syrup if you prefer it to be a little sweeter!

And there you go! A cup full of naturally matcha goodness! Perfect for a little energy boost in the morning!

Matcha Latte

Simply add 1-2 teaspoons of powdered matcha to a cup. Fill the cup 1/3 with hot water and 2/3 with hot fluffed up milk – of your choice. I suggest almond or coconut milk! Almond milk will give more of a fluffy and creamy effect, while coconut milk will add a lovely flavour!

 

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Matcha Latte served at Matcha Cafe Bali 

 

Matcha pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seed
  • 2 tbsp sweetener
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Method:

  1. Mix either the chia or flax seeds with water. Set it aside for five minutes until the seeds have absorbed the water creating a gelatine effect.
  2. Then mix the seed mixture, matcha, sweetener, flour and oil until the batter becomes smooth and free of any lumps.
  3. Heat up a frying pan and spoon two table spoons of batter into the pan. Cook until bubbles begin to form, when one side is ready flip it over. Cook both sides until golden!

 

Matcha green smoothie bowl

  • 2 sliced frozen ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup chopped frozen mango
  • 1 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 heaping cup organic spinach or kale (best frozen)

Add all ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. If you feel that the blend is too thick add a little more milk. You do want the texture to be smooth and in-between scoopable and drinkable.

Add any topping that you may like! Some of my favourites are:

  

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Matcha Acai Boost smoothie bowl served at Matcha Cafe Bali 

 

 

My favourite matcha spot

If you find yourself in Bali then you have to visit my favourite place that serves all kinds of matcha deliciousness! Here they will make sure that you get your daily dose of matcha! Click here to read my article about my Matcha cafe!

 

 

 

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What are the health benefits of ginger?

When waking up early I sometimes feel a little drowsy and tired. Both my mind and my body sometimes need a little longer to wake up after what may have been a short night. Its at these moments where I absolutely love my morning routine, as I feel that my body needs a little wake up call!

As soon as I get up I make myself a cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon and fresh ginger! The lemon gives a little kick but trust me, so does the ginger! We all may know that ginger is supposed to be a healthy product. But what exactly are the effects that makes it so healthy for us?

Well, continue reading to find out!

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Ginger may protect against Alzheimer’s Disease and improve brain function

Antioxidants and bioactive compounds that are found in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that may occur in your brain. A study showed that ginger may even enhance brain function directly which include benefits such as anti aging, improving memory as well as reaction time!

Helps lower cholesterol levels

Ginger helps reduce the level of blood triglyceride as well as LDL cholesterol levels.

Helps your digestion

Compounds found in ginger are known to stimulate saliva and bile production as well as helping to promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food. This helps to relieve the gastrointestinal of irritation.

Ginger Contains Gingerol

This substance is filled with antioxidants and strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Helps treat nausea and morning sickness

It is thought that active components such as gingerol has an affective effect on the digestive and central nervous system, which helps prevent nausea.

May reduce menstrual pain

Ginger is known for its anti-pain property. Especially ginger powder is known to help reduce menstrual pain. Its know to even be as effective as painkillers such as ibuprofen.

Has anti-inflammatory effects

This means it can help fight infections and reduce symptoms of a flu and colds. When you feel ill it is great to drink ginger tea as it warms the body from within, which promotes sweating.

May reduce muscle pain and soreness

Ginger is a great substance to take after exercise as it may reduce your muscle pain up to 25%. Also, there are some studies that show that ginger can help reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Could drastically lower blood sugars

Supplements in ginger help lower the risk of blood clotting and has been show to reduce blood sugars, which improve heart disease risk factors! A study has shown that 2 grams of ginger powder per day can lower your blood sugar by 12%!

Helps protect against and improve diabetic complications

Gingerol is known to improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity.

May prevent certain types of cancer

Gingerol found in ginger helps delay the growth of colorectal cancer cells. It also appears to work beneficial towards your enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase. And may also help to increase the motility through the digestive tract. All these benefits help towards fighting colon cancer, and may even prevent the illness all together. Supplements in ginger also help reduce risk of colorectal cancer, which was established by research done by Cancer Prevention Research. 

Are you running towards your local supermarket already to get yourself a bag full of ginger? – I know I am!

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Not such a big fan of ginger (yet)? No worries, there are definitely some ways to still get your daily doses of ginger without tasting its overpowering flavour too much!

Here are some of my favourite ways!

Smoothie

Blend a little piece (depending on how much of a ginger lover you are) through your smoothie. If you use plenty of fruit and/or veggies the ginger flavour will be overpowered by the other flavours!

Soup

If you are making your own home-made soup you can always add a little ginger. If you are making a creamy soup and blending your ingredients together then add a little piece of ginger while blending it. Or if you are making a stock for your soup, add some ginger and leave it to infuse the water together with the other ingredients.

Sauce or dressing

If you are making a fresh salad dressing or a thick sauce to wok your noodles in, you can always add a little ginger! Here are some simple recipes to get you started!

 

Simple Ginger Salad Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
  • 2 tablespoon low salt soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar 
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients together and whisk together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste then simply drizzle over your salad!

 

Simple Teriyaki Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (toasted)

Add all ingredients together in a hot sauce pan. Let it simmer and stir often for about 5 min, until its smooth and thick. Drizzle over some veggies, rice, or noodles and you’ve got yourself a delicious ginger rich sauce!

Ginger tea

If you are a ginger lover like I am you can always just simply add slices or grated ginger to a hot cup of water and make your own ginger tea. Add some mint, lemon or agave syrup if you want to add some flavours!

Enjoy!

 

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